Jersey has, proportionately, amongst the highest global Scope 3 emissions

Jersey's biggest impact climate wise is probably from its 'Scope 3' emissions - those greenhouse gas emissions created 'offshore' to make and move the goods Jersey imports and uses. As Jersey is a high consuming society, these emissions are probably proportionately larger than those of most other places in the world. It follows that Jersey has a greater responsibility than most to address this. One way is by choosing what is bought more carefully, by discriminating against short lived products designed to fall apart early so people have to keep replacing them when they find they are not repairable. There are useful moves internationally to help address this with 'repairability' legislation in France and the EU https://grist.org/climate/why-frances-new-repairability-index-is-a-big https://www.ifixit.com/Right-to-Repair/Intro-deal/ https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/eu-right-repair-technology-decade-b1809408.html

Why the contribution is important

Just addressing local emissions does not address the elephant in the room that Jersey's Scope3 emissions are probably the most significant.

by NickPalmer on March 06, 2021 at 04:21PM

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  • Posted by Shanti March 06, 2021 at 22:16

    Agree with Nick.
    Great idea to introduce an repairability index on goods.
  • Posted by NickPalmer March 06, 2021 at 23:15

    A very long time ago (1980s)) I raised the idea of putting a 'longevity tax' on goods and materials to make long lived more sustainably manufactured and sourced products at least equal economically to buy compared with the 'throw away' alternatives. Even the environmental organisations at the time turned a blind eye to this - and I was a group coordinator for Friends of the Earth at the time!
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne March 07, 2021 at 11:21

    One thing to note is I'm hesistant about the efficacy of Jersey introducing this type of rule without complementary rules in the UK/EU. Companies won't make products specifically for the Jersey market if our regulations are too different - we aren't large enough.
  • Posted by NickPalmer March 07, 2021 at 15:19

    JJ. Of course, Jersey's market is too small to influence world markets but other country's leaders have got kids they worry about too! If you follow the links in my post you'll see that such 'financial instruments' are being widely considered internationally and have actually been introduced already in some major nations, such as France.
  • Posted by NickPalmer March 11, 2021 at 12:34

    'Right to repair' legislation has just been announced in the UK too!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56340077
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